I'm excited and nervous. I have scheduled my...
I am fighting inherited genes. With a history of diabetes on my father's side and being overweight on my mother's side, it's hard for a girl to loose any weight. While I don't expect lipo to miraculously fix such problems (I still plan to exercise and make healthy eating choices most of the time - hey, life is short. I'm not going to say 'never' about anything I enjoy eating. I can eat less of it or less often), I am excited about getting rid of these fat cells so they won't be there for my body to fill again and again! I'm at 193lbs now, a gain of ten pounds from last autumn, during which I had added jazzercise to my life as well as making better eating choices. It was very discouraging! I signed up for a whole year of jazzercise to give it a good chance, and although I believe it helps me keep healthy overall, it hasn't done a thing for my waistline, so I will drop it when my year is up and stick with HIIT and strength training as I believe I may be a 'non-responder' to aerobic exercise.
More next week including pre-op photos! I've been encouraged by reading some of the other accounts on here - thanks ladies!
Tomorrow Is the Day
Here are my before pics. I always think I look worse in photos than in person. I put on an outfit and think, yeah, I'd like my waist to be smaller but I look ok. Then someone takes a photo and posts it on FB and all I can think is how big I look! : ( But this will all be mended soon . . . I hope!
Post-op Day 1
Also I seem to get nauseated with any anesthetic, though it happens hours afterward. But I had some meds on hand for that so got over it quickly. The compression garments are not fun but bearable and I can tell that they definitely help the healing process. I already feel better than last night, though I still feel like someone stabbed me and beat me with a stick in the abdomen. But I know all this shall pass! And it will all be worth it. I tried on a dress I had recently ordered online that didn't fit as well as I would have liked and it looked great! I know there may be more swelling to come in the following days, but even one day later I feel it was worth it.
Day 3 Post-op
I can tell my waist is significantly improved. I know many say the swelling really kicks in on day 3 or 4 but I'm hoping it will only get better from here. But if it does, I know it will still get better down the line. I am happy with the results and will continue with my eating better & high intensity interval training (after the two weeks recommended by the doctor - don't want to stress the body too much during healing - just walking for now.) Looking forward to wearing some of my vintage style dresses!
Week 1 - post op
There is not much sign of bruising externally though still feeling bruised internally. I have to say taking the compression garments on/off or just rolling them up to go to the bathroom is somewhat torturous as it digs into the bruised areas. I recommend doing these tasks away from sensitive ears so you can cuss like a sailor if necessary.
For anyone wondering what activities you can return to - I have only been walking as far as exercising for the first week but have been busier than usual at work (covering three jobs - my regular admin duties, mail duties, and reception due to people being out), interviewing new roommates, went on a date (nothing too exciting, unfortunately :/), and went to a Renaissance festival. I was a little more tired than I think I would usually be but nothing too out of the ordinary.
Week 3 Post Op
Everything is continually improving. The initial bruising went away but some deeper bruising has surfaced, though getting the compression garment on and off is much less painful. Now the bruising has been replaced by a sunburn-like feeling over the whole abdomen. Fabric rubbing against it is nearly intolerable. But having a compression garment helps as the continual pressure is better than light rubbing from clothing. All part of the process! I will probably wait until the 6 week mark to post final result pics (though they say it can take 4-6 months for final final results.)
I went to jazzercise last week and it was ok but a little uncomfortable. I find that when I get hot & sweaty my abdomen feels tender and stingy, a little like a heat rash.
So far I've had the consultation. The staff is very nice. The doctor didn't spend much time with me but all it's for is to see if you're a good candidate. Since I haven't had any kids yet, my skin still has good elasticity and I have no major health problems other than high blood pressure so I was a shoo-in.